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Levens Hall Gardens are amazing, a definite must see in this area.
The gardens were created from 1694 onwards, by a French gardener, Guillame Beaumont who was installed by Colonel James Grahame when he took the house over.The world famous topiary is the garden's main feature and took years to complete. It is reputedly some of the oldest topiary in the world! Hedges have been lovingly nurtured into wierd and wonderful creations and you cannot help but be impressed by them.Make sure you have your camera at the ready!!
There is a wilderness garden,(not as we think of today but a formal garden with paths through shrubbery) where the intriguing spiral sculpture by Harry Bagot (a member of the resident family) sits upon a plinth and definitely adds to the garden.At the top of this garden is a nice little children's play area.
We loved walking through the various "tunnels" in the shrubs, not sure where we would find ourselves.Through one of these is the Fountain garden, added in 1994 to celebrate 300 years of the gardens existence.
One of the features we loved was that vegetables were intermittently planted amongst flowers and shrubs. Gourds, pumpkins and courgettes blended in with nasturtiums, purple climbing beans, curly kale and rhubarb.There is also an orchard and nuttery, where apples lay rotting where they had fallen. I was rather sorry to see many of the vegetables and fruit left to rot, I would have thought garden produce could have been sold in the shop instead of silly, trivial unrelated to the garden, items in the gift shop!! I would have bought some, anyway!!
Tucked into a distant corner is a triangular little building which was the smoke house. Nothing to do with smoking food, but a place where those who wished to light up were banished! How things have come full circle!!
We were really impressed with both the hall and gardens, as you can see, I took quite a lot of photos!!
Address: Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD
Directions: On the A6, south of Kendal.
Phone: 01539 560321
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